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Juvenile Court

Teen behind Fence

A juvenile, someone between the ages of 8 and 18, who is charged with a criminal offense is accused of being delinquent. A juvenile court is designated to handle all juvenile delinquency cases.


Dependency Court

Police holding child

A dependency is an assertion by the state or a third party that a parent is unfit or unable to care for their child or children. Dependency Court cases involve the protection of children that have been or are at risk of being abused, neglected, or abandoned.


Mental Health

Gears in Brain

The Mental Health Court (MHC) is a dedicated court, with an assigned presiding judge, mental health professional, and probation staff with mental health expertise, prosecutor and public defender.


Capital Post Conviction Relief

Five Professionals

The Post Conviction Relief Unit consists of three attorneys, a legal secretary, an investigator and a mitigation specialist.  The unit staff works collaboratively to review the trial attorneys’ preparation, read transcripts, re-interviews witnesses, file original motions and orate in court.  The unit scrutinizes all information so they are able to address issues that may have prevented the defendant from receiving Due Process.  Post conviction relief is the last hope in the state system for those facing death.


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